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for the big new year's eve ball drop at times square in new york city. today workers installed waterford crystal triangles on the ceremonial ball. more than a billion people across the world expected to watch the ball drop on tv. >>> for the cost of a postage stamp a group of bay area women received a priceless gift. cbs 5 reporter juliette goodrich explains how it all started with a discovery in the thrift store. >> these five cards must have somehow gotten mixed in. >> reporter: pam rousseau was at a thrift store in hayward when she found five cards sealed with handwritten addresses but no stamp. they were tucked away on a lower back shelf. >> the handwriting was scribbly and i wasn't sure if it might be an elderly person or... >> reporter: so she put stamps on them with a note attached explaining who she was and where she had found the letters. this card that pam put a stamp on made its way to the home in alameda. only as we find out, this card was supposed to have been sent five years ago to mary ann. >> and i opened it up and saw sue bunker's name and right away, i hit that, a card
with the average pay for state workers at more than $60,000 a year. new york ranks number 2 at $56,000. and new jersey right behind at $54,000. then there are the extreme examples. bloomberg reports one prison psychiatrist made more than $800,000 last year and a chp division chief retired with more than $483,000 with salary, pension and other exceptions. >> that's a lot. >> reporter: reaction on the street today was unanimous. >> definitely something should be done about that. >> even if those examples are not representative of the broader state employee population, it's the kind of thing that leaves a mark and resonates with the voters. >> reporter: at usc's unruh institute of politics, a professor points out this story comes just one month after california voters were convinced the state was so broke, that a tax increase was necessary to pay for the beleaguered public school system. >> next time there's an initiative on the ballot here in los angeles or statewide, or the next time a viewer sees a story on your station about public employee benefits, they are going to remember this story. that
is done. >> president obama is expected to ask for $50 billion in storm relief for new jersey, new york and connecticut. >>> meantime, president obama made a special trip to virginia today to highlight his fix for the "fiscal cliff." the deadline for the president and congress to find a way to avoid tax increases and spending cuts is 25 days away. president obama made a special point to sit with a middle class family in virginia this afternoon. he was trying to offer an example of who would be hurt by the republican tax proposal. >> for them to be burdened unnecessarily because democrats and republicans aren't coming together to solve this problem gives the sense of the costs involved in very personal terms. >> republicans are standing behind their counter-offer to chose tax loopholes and limit some deductions. they say the president needs to deliver a new plan that they can agree on and soon. it's also important to note that congress is scheduled to adjourn december 21st and the president is supposed to be headed to hawaii for vacation on december 17. >>> after doing some downsizing st
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